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Premiership wins for Castletown and Peel & St John's

Tight contest between top two

Peel and St John’s beat Cronkbourne by just 14 runs in a great game at the top of the Premiership on Saturday.

Batting first, the Saints were soon in trouble at 6 for 2 and then 48 for 4.

They recovered thanks to a partnership of 87 between Nick Hawke, who made 43, and Nick White, who hit 37.

The innings ended on 217 - Matt Ansell took 3 for 35 and Sam Mills 3 for 24.

In reply Cronkbourne also had problems at 48 for 4, but were rescued by a stand of 111 between Jaco Jansen and Nathan Knights.

They took the total to 159, until Nick Hawke trapped Jaco for 51 and then bowled Nathan for 48.

A vigorous 25 from Sam Kebbell raised Cronkbourne’s hopes, but they fell just short of their target with two overs left.

Dan Hawke took 3 for 27 and Nick Hawke 3 for 23. 

In the other Premiership match, Castletown beat Crosby by five wickets.

The Marown side finished their 40 overs on 136 for 9 – Drew Buxton cracked 37 and Tom Kennaugh took 4 for 16.

Garreth Roome then hit 45 to see the Town to victory, despite James Harrison taking 3 for 28.

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